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Roserai | Luxury Self-Catering | Waldron, East Sussex

Roserai

Waldron, East Sussex, UK

Hidden in a 10-acre estate crossed with neat lawns and fragrant rose gardens, Roserai is a unique oast house with a lavish Franco-English feel. Perfect for families wanting to blow their school's 'show and tell' out the water post summer-holiday; a boating lake, outside pool and romantic, snowy interior combine to create a French-style chateaux, right here in rural East Sussex.  

Introduction

Once part of a sizeable tanning estate, this Grade-II listed roundel house near the small East Sussex village of Waldron has been renovated to create one extraordinary self-catering home. Inside is a wonderland of luxury, whilst extensive grounds include a heated swimming pool and boating lake. Guests can look forward to unwinding in the cosy living areas, luxuriating in the pool house and hot tub or simply wandering through the ornamental gardens with their hundreds of flowers and hidden attractions: Roserai was made for celebratory weekends with family and friends.

Inside

Having spent much cherished time in the south of France, the owners have given the interior of their beloved home a distinct Franco-English style, with chunky exposed beams, period furniture, beautiful plaster detail and French art adorning the walls. There are five gorgeous bedrooms, two in the round tower itself. Ceilings are hung with chandeliers, beds are buried under sumptuous linens and on the door of each, a brass knocker depicts a fox, dragonfly, snail, owl and bee. Meanwhile, modern bathrooms provide all the luxuries required after a day playing in the garden or boating on the lake.

Outside

The great outdoors won't keep guests inside these pretty walls for long, no matter how enchanting they may be. Halfway between bustling Tunbridge Wells and coastal Eastbourne, Roserai enjoys a scenic spot at the edge of the rolling High Weald, with rolling green views for miles around. Waldron is the closest point for shops and activities, a small Sussex town supplying fresh produce and rambling walks. Back at the house, sway in the hammock or wander through the rose gardens, drinking in the sweet country air before retreating inside for supper.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 8 guests
    From £3,500 per week, £2,695 per short break
  • Alternative group optionUp to 4 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsThere are four main bedrooms comprising three super king-size beds one king-size bed. One child´s bunk room is available upon request. One bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower, and there is also a family bathroom with an overhead shower, plus a ground-floor WC.
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  • FeaturesDaily use of hot tub, sauna, swimming pool and pool house is between 10am and 4pm. Please note, the swimming pool is available between April half term and October half term.
  • PetsSorry, no pets
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10am
  • FamilyChildren are welcome. A cot and a highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThe house has room for five parked cars, more if needed, with a few steps from the drive to take into account. These are shared grounds with some communal rules: please note, the owner has two friendly Labradors that live on the estate. The big farmhouse kitchen has a large double oven, large fridge-freezer, dishwasher, washer-dryer and Nespresso coffee maker. Daily use of the hot tub, sauna, swimming pool (between April and October half term) and pool house is between 10am and 4pm. With a stream, ponds and a lake in the grounds, parents are advised to take care of children.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper with two bottles of the owners´ favourite wine, logs and kindling to get you started, linen and towels, fluffy bathrobes, TV with Apple Box, Bang & Olufsen music system, DAB radio, WiFi internetHouse book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • RestrictionsParties considered on prior permission from the owner
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Waldron

Halfway from Tunbridge Wells to Eastbourne, and right on the edge of the high-rolling High Weald, this little town has a regular food market and stunning old church and is close to Heathfield, where shops and restaurants provide all you need for a luxury self-catering escape.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Roserai is located in its own splendid grounds just to the west of the market town of Heathfield in East Sussex, roughly halfway between Tunbridge Wells and Eastbourne.
  • By Car The property is approximately two and a half hours from London, 40 minutes from Tunbridge Wells and 30 minutes from Eastbourne.
  • By Train The journey time to Tunbridge Wells from London Bridge is 45 minutes, followed by a 30 minute bus journey to Heathfield, from where guests can take a cab the 10 minute drive to the house.
  • By Air Gatwick Airport is a one hour drive by car.

From the owner

“We´ve taken great care to ensure Roserai has retained many original features, and we added contemporary touches for laid-back comfort. We know you will love the lake, ponds and pool house as much as we do!”

From the owner

Built in 1575 by John Fuller, the house used to be a tanning mill, and the tanning ponds are still very much in-situ just as they were then. A traditional Sussex sandstone and redbrick building, with Sussex tile, hung roof, and the unique square capped roof on the oast ensure the property boasts huge character and comfort.

The calming waters of the large lake lie next to Roserai, where you can follow the well-trodden path for a leisurely stroll to soak up the beautiful surroundings and breathe in the fresh country air. You may perhaps meet one or two of the plentiful wildfowl enjoying the tranquillity of the water. Take in the scenery where the Weeping Willows, majestic Cedars and wonderful great Oaks grow elegantly on the water’s edge, and enjoy the views around the expansive gardens.

Of course, the latest modern addition to the property is the wonderfully zen heated swimming pool, hot tub and luxurious indoor spa facilities including sauna and steam room which are available all year round, complete with the grand outdoor seating area for dining alfresco, with full use of the barbecue and pizza oven, and fully equipped kitchen – ensuring your stay will be indulgent, relaxing and restorative.

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Waldron with an insider’s perspective.

Take in a show, Glyndebourne
To See

Take in a show, Glyndebourne

Under half an hour by car and a stone´s throw from the picturesque village of Lewes, the Glyndebourne season runs from May to August. This is classic world class opera at its very best: take in the festival´s unique seasonal picnic experience, and don´t forget to dress to impress…

Get your armour on, Hailsham
To See

Get your armour on, Hailsham

Herstmonceux Castle, half an hour by car, is a 14th century landmark in a splendid estate, with its own formal gardens (and, so it´s said, a ghostly drummer). Schedule a visit for the medieval festival in August and make it a family day out, with a good dash of battle history thrown in.

The Star Inn, Waldron
To Eat

The Star Inn, Waldron

For a hearty, slap-up Sunday roast, this authentic Sussex country pub is perfect for all the family. Recently listed in The Good Beer Guide, it offers a huge selection of real ales, beers, ciders and exceptional wines. With divine food and a homely, warm atmosphere, it is well worth a visit. 

Waldron walks, Waldron
To Do

Waldron walks, Waldron

This village has a 12th century church thought to have been built on the site of an older Saxon one. Wander through the churchyard and look out for the terracotta plaques and sombre memorials. A circular trail takes walkers across High Weald, starting and stopping in the village itself.

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